Ping 2


Piece description from the artist

Ping was so much fun to create. I was beginning to fall asleep one night and this image popped into my head, or rather, it formed from beginning to end as I was going from wakefulness to that in between place where you’re not awake but not totally asleep either. I decided to write it down as soon as I began to wake from this one. I knew if I didn’t, I would forget it by morning. Just like it never happened. I wrote out in words then drew a quick sketch in a drawing book I have by my side of the bed. The next day I decided to see if I could recreate what I saw. I started off with one color and then layered up additional ink colors on top of the previous one. From there I used an airbrush to blow each petal or spike out into different directions. This part took several hours. I then took a micro-brush to pull out additional details around the tips for variation and interest. You can never totally control what alcohol ink is going to do. If you have something specific in mind, then you better be prepared for one of two things: disappointment or something completely different that you never intended. However, I was determined on this one. Alcohol ink is not the boss of me! I worked and worked with this it until it was nearly exactly what I had in mind. I had to restart many times. But I got it! Once that happened I then took a posca paint pen and drew in the center of a flower. I used light and dark so it would look like there is true depth and light pinging off the center bits. The name for this one came about by the fact that it ‘pinged’ into my mind as I was falling asleep. Thanks for reading and looking at this one. It is very much appreciated!

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About Kc Pollak

Montrose, CO

I have been an artist all my life, ever since I could hold a pencil. I have always loved to draw and paint. My styles have varied over the years from realism to abstract and everything in between. The mediums I most enjoy working with are: oil, colored pencil, charcoal, graphite, watercolor, pen & ink, alcohol ink, and acrylic. Currently I am experiencing a mammoth amount of creative freedom working on abstract art.

In 2015, I donated one of my kidneys to a young woman who had only been born with one very diseased kidney. Since then she has been thriving and now going to college and living her life. What a blessing! I consider this a privilege and I'm so happy I was a match for her.

I have lived all over the country (U.S.). I primarily grew up in Woodland Park, CO. Following living in Woodland, I lived in Durango, CO, Farmington, NM, Houston, TX, Philadelphia, PA, Atlanta, GA and currently live in Montrose, CO (hopefully for good). I thankfully found my way back to Colorado. We live near Colona, in the shadow of Buckhorn Mountain (west/central Colorado) and absolutely love this place! It is remote, uncluttered, quiet, peaceful and beautiful. The inspiration I feel in my heart here is something I’ll be forever grateful for. It makes my soul sing!

I love to ski and am glad I live near some great places. Telluride, Crested Butte, Aspen, etc …when money allows. On February 12, 2017 I was in a ski accident in Telluride. Someone hit me from behind and knocked me unconscious for a few minutes (yes, I was wearing a helmet) and broke my collar bone. The guy hit me and left me for dead. He still has yet to be found. It's considered a felony to hit and run, just like in a car. Consequently, I suffered a concussion that has changed my life forever. My creativity has changed. Something happened to my eyes and I have a hard time doing the tiny details I used to do. But something also clicked in terms of how I approach my art. The freedom of abstraction has helped me heal and cope. Not only from the accident but with so many areas of my life. I have learned what true forgiveness means (to give as well as receive). I have a new appreciation for how fragile our lives really are and just how quickly life can be taken from us. A lot of things can change in the blink of an eye! That moment created a complete paradigm shift in my life. Mostly for the better.

I’m involved in an art mentoring program called Art Partners. I mentor a young boy (age 10). He created a piece that won first place in the student category of the Ouray Alpine Artist’s Holiday art show (nationwide) as well as 1st place in The Montrose Visual Arts Guild 2018 art show. I love the fact that I get to help shape this young man's creative future. He's my lil buddy.

There is an old cabin (100+ yrs old) on the property where I live that I have turned into my art studio. It’s my retreat and sanctuary. While I'm in this cabin, creativity just bursts forth in a riot of paint and color! This, I believe, is my heavenly father working through me. I'm still not sure what the grand purpose is but I keep my mind and heart open. I'm expecting adventure because, really, there's no way to know what's next. Like I always say, "the point is not to live forever but to create something that does."

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